Thanksgiving & Christmas traditions inspire creative work
By Emma Palova
EW Emma’s Writings
Lowell, MI – From our family to yours, I would like to wish everyone a great Thanksgiving. Like many, I consider Thanksgiving a kick-off to the holiday season filled with joy and traditions.
Being the little kid that I am, I love to discover new things and start new traditions.
Last night, I watched the 90th Anniversary special of the Thanksgiving Macy’s Parade in NYC.
In awe, I watched the balloons flying seven stories high, and I wished I could be in one of the apartments watching the parade at the same level as the balloons fly by you.
“What is your favorite character?” was the question at large during the TV anniversary special.
Living here in the 70s, I loved the Peanuts, and pretty much I didn’t know anything else.
“Of course it’s Lucy,” I laughed.
“Mine is Popeye,” said Ludek.
Since, I am not from this country, I have only heard about the famous parade in NYC. I don’t know what I’ve been doing up until now, but I definitely haven’t been watching TV on any given Thanksgiving morning.
Like most women, I must have been cooking and getting the house ready for the guests.
But, last night’s anniversary special about the Macy’s Parade totally changed my perspective on Thanksgiving.
I got up early this morning to get a head start in the kitchen, so I could be ready by 9 a.m. to watch the parade and start a new Thanksgiving tradition.
“How come the communist parades in Czechoslovakia didn’t have these cool balloon characters or the floats?” I asked my husband Ludek.
“They did,” he laughed, “Don’t you remember the allegoric vehicles?”
“Is that what they called the floats?” I smiled. “What did they look like?”
“I don’t remember,” Ludek said.
That’s the problem with time as it passes by like a parade, you don’t remember all of them. But, some stick in your mind.
I am a natural lover of all parades. They inspire my creative work. A hometown parade in Lowell, MI in October of 2006 with a clown theme prompted me to write the short story, “Riddleyville Clowns” © copyright Emma Palova.
Three years later based on the short story, I penned the screenplay “Riddleyville Clowns” © copyright Emma Palova.
Along with the short story “Tonight on Main” © Emma Palova, these two original works have base in small town America.
“Mom, that’s a great story,” said my daughter Doc Emma.
“Really?” I paused in disbelief.
I have learned to love dearly this piece of Americana; that is the traditional parades.
And I rejoiced, as I watched the 90th anniversary Macy’s Parade special when I found out that the Rockford Marching Band will be in the 2017 Macy’s parade.
I live 10 miles southeast of yuppie Rockford.
The two towns, rural Lowell & suburban Rockford, have engaged in an unfair competition in everything ranging from sports, bands to MEAP scores and more. Lowell steadily wins the sports competition not just with Rockford, but in the entire West Michigan region, under the tutelage of coach Noel Dean.
I suppose one day, coach Dean will be in one of the allegoric vehicles or honored as an oversized balloon floating high above the crowd.
Lowell will hold its night Christmas parade next Saturday on Dec. 3rd. Even though it’s a lot of vehicles sounding off sirens on Main, I still love the flavor of the parade with the marching bands and the Grinch, and finally Santa and his wife, Mrs. Santa.
“I would love to have an exuberant parade,” said Lowell Chamber director Liz Baker. “We have the village theme this year.”
My favorite is the Lowell Area Historical society float with horses and period costumes.
The noontime Christmas parade in 1999 set off my writing of the novel “Fire on Water” ©copyright Emma Palova.
I remember writing notes on a receipt from the Meijer store, while I waited for my son Jake who played the saxophone in the parade.
After all these years with all the parades, I still love clowns and the characters from Peanuts.
Have a great holiday season.
What is your favorite character?
About the featured photo: Prague Christmas markets on Wenceslas Square. Watch for stories about the Christmas markets in Europe that coincide with the Advent Sundays.
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